Abandoned dogs chase military cars and end up being adopted

The photos of the moment were published on Facebook. And thousands of people were praising the attitude of the military who showed a lot of concern for the street dogs.

The images are circulating on the Internet and have already become viral. They are two dogs that were following the military car in Bolivia and the two jumped inside the truck and the military helped them up.

This happened in the city of Tupiza, Bolivia, dogs will now be part of the body of soldiers.

This great news surprised millions of Internet users who saw the photos. They did not hesitate to praise the attitude of the military on Facebook about this act of love and affection for animals.

“Good news, they always want love from humans”, “Puppies always suffer during quarantine, for example, I have food and water on my doorstep”, “Dogs found love”, they wrote on Facebook.

How to help the dogs in the streets?

Remember that dogs and street cats need daily help in this quarantine, so don’t forget to leave water and food for them, because if everyone does that they will have somewhere to eat and drink water.

What these military men did was very beautiful and this attitude caught the attention of the world because, in these moments that we see only bad news, this one where the love for animals is shown is very successful.

Like thousands of people, we will leave our congratulations on the attitude of the military! We hope the puppies are very happy now that they’ve been adopted.

Texas Pack Hounds Charge to the Rescue for Rhinos in South Africa, Nabbing 145 Poachers So Far

(EnviroNews World News) — Kruger National Park, South Africa — Between 2008 and 2018, poachers killed about 4,000 rhinos in South Africa’s Kruger National Park and its surrounding private reserves. These thugs typically take only the horn to sell for unfounded medicinal use in Asia. They oftentimes leave the still-living rhinos to die — some choking on their own blood while the outlaws make their getaway.

In years past, Kruger used man-dog pairs to track the poachers, but the teams were too slow, failing to catch the brazen bandits because the dogs had to remain on a leash. South African National Parks, which oversees Kruger, knew it needed a different approach with the rhino population dwindling toward extinction. They asked the Southern African Wildlife College (SAWC) to look into pack dog programs.

“Building a pack dog team is a massive undertaking,” Theresa Sowry, CEO of SAWC, told National Geographic in an interview. “You need the right genetics, the right training, and, most importantly, the right mindset to bring it all together.” Kruger wanted to test free-running pack dogs but didn’t have the resources to allocate to the project.

That changed in 2017 when Ivan Carter, Founder of the Ivan Carter Wildlife Conservation Alliance, stepped in to help finance the project. “We had no idea if free-running dogs would work for anti-poaching purposes in Africa.” So, Carter introduced Sowry to Texan and dog breeder Joe Braman in an effort to find out.

Braman, a rancher and law enforcement officer, grew up breeding free-running American coonhounds and training them to hunt in packs with his father. Sowry visited Braman in Texas to see the dogs in action.

Braman demonstrated the capability of his pack hounds by using a person in a tackle suit as the target. The pack split up and competed with each other, scrambling to be the first to find the target’s scent. Once they picked up the smell, the pack chased the person, who went up a tree, where he was then surrounded. Sowry was suitably impressed and invited Braman to South Africa.

“I was just going to go over and do an evaluation and help them train a few dogs,” he remembers. But it turned into a lot more than that.

Implementing the program wasn’t all smooth sailing though. Braman met Kruger’s Lead Dog Trainer Johan Van Staaten, who had a different, gentler philosophy on how a canine should be handled all together. But Braman still believed aggressive dogs were the key to solving the poacher problem.

“It’s all about intimidation,” Braman said at the time. “If a dog starts attacking you, the first thing you’re going to do is throw the gun and climb a tree.”

Van Staaten wasn’t comfortable with Braman’s training techniques or results though. He had never trained his dogs to attack, and believes in a more natural training technique that allows the animal to find what it likes to do and is suited for.

“They’re really hard on their dogs. They work with whips. Shouting at dogs — shocking them if they don’t do the right thing,” said Van Staaten. “[The dogs] have to want to work.”

After watching a video of a rhino aspirating on its own blood, Braman decided the South African training process was too slow. He went back to Texas to train dogs. When Van Staaten joined him, he found aggressive dogs that were biting the human decoy so hard it was leaving bruises under the protective outfit. Van Staaten called Sowry and told her what was going on. “‘Do we really want to go this way?” he asked. “We are going to kill people!” After some discussion, Braman agreed the training might be too intense.

“I was training dogs to be mean. And I mean ‘mean,’ dude! I wanted to send a message to the poachers… I was allowing the emotion of the [rhino] video to dictate how we trained the dogs,” Braman admitted. “We pulled back a bit.” He spent two more months working with the dogs and then sent them to South Africa, and the rest is history.

So far, the dogs that Braman trained in Texas have helped apprehend 54 percent of the known poachers in Kruger — a marked improvement from the three to five percent of their standard K-9 units. Through September 2019, the dogs had helped capture 145 poachers and 53 guns.

Men and dogs work as a team with helicopters protecting the dogs from predators and armed men protecting the dogs from gunfire. “It’s a high-risk job for human and dog,” Van Staaten told NatGeo. “But with training and with standard operating procedures, we try to minimize the risk.”

South Africa and the rhinos aren’t the only beneficiaries of the new dog training techniques either. Braman is now teaching man’s best friend to combat human trafficking in the U.S. and successfully using animals that don’t bite.

“I learned a lot in Africa,” he said. “When I got there, I just wanted control. I had to learn patience. I had to collaborate. And it made me a better person.”

According to National Geographic, there are about 20,000 southern white rhinos (Ceratotherium simum) left in the wild and just over 5,000 black rhinos (Diceros bicornis). South Africa has approximately 80 percent of the wild rhino population within its borders. According to the World Wildlife Federation (WWF), western black rhinos (Diceros bicornis longipes) have recently gone extinct, while only three northern white rhinos (Ceratotherium simum cottoni) are left – all of which are females leaving no possibility of a natural breeding. All three live in Kenya, where they are kept under 24-hour guard.

 

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In 8-5 vote, Denver City Council fails to override mayor’s veto of measure that would have ended pit bull ban

DENVER (KDVR) — Denver’s longstanding pit bull ban will remain.

Monday night, eight City Council members voted in favor of overriding Mayor Michael Hancock’s veto of a measure that would have ended the city’s pit bull ownership ban and replaced it with a new licensing system. Five voted against.

Nine votes were required to override the veto.

Council members Kendra Black, Jolon Clark, Chris Herndon, Chris Hinds, Robin Kniech, Amanda Sandoval, Candi CdeBaca and Jamie Torres voted in favor of overriding the veto. Council members Kevin Flynn, Paul Kashmann, Debbie Ortega, Stacie Gilmore and Amanda Sawyer were opposed.

Earlier this month, City Council passed the measure in a 7-4 vote. Hancock then vetoed it. It was Hancock’s first veto since he started serving as mayor in July 2011.

Under a law enacted in August 1989, pit bulls are banned in the city and county of Denver.

The change was proposed by Herndon, who represents a portion of northeast Denver that includes the Park Hill and Stapleton neighborhoods.

The new measure would have required pit bull owners to obtain a “breed-restricted license.” Applicants would provide the city with their address, two emergency contacts, a description of the pit bull, an annual fee, and proof the dog was microchipped and has its rabies vaccination.

Each owner could have had a maximum of two pit bulls per household. Spaying or neutering the dogs was required under the proposal.

Additionally, the owner would have had to notify Denver Animal Protection (DAP) within eight hours if the dog escaped or bites. The owner would have also had to contact DAP if the dog died or if the owner moved.

If a registered pit bull had no violations within 36 months, the breed-restricted license could have been replaced with a regular dog license that all other dog owners in the city are required to have.

Under the measure, DAP would have been the only agency to provide valid pit bull breed assessments.

DAP could have held, transported and adopted any pit bull. Pit bulls adopted from DAP would have gotten a breed-restricted license.

While any humane society registered with the city could have also held, transported and adopted pit bulls, new owners would have had to get a breed-restricted license from the city following adoption.

According to the proposal, DAP would have been able to inspect an owner’s premises for “safety and health reasons.”

Finally, after a two-year period, DAP would have reviewed the data and reported its findings and recommendations to City Council.

If an owner did not apply for the special license, they would have been subject to criminal and/or administrative penalties.

Other metro-area municipalities with pit bull bans include Aurora, Commerce City and Lone Tree.

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Pigeon That Can’t Fly And Special Needs Chihuahua Are Best Buddies

Living with a disability can be a pretty lonely life. People don’t always get it – so it’s nice when you can make a friend who understands your needs. Herman the pigeon was living with a disability when he met a friend with a similar issue, and thus a friendship ensued. Both Herman and Lundy, an 8-week-old Chihuahua, were brought together by The Mia Foundation – a New York-based, non-profit rescue that rescues all pets with birth defects across the nation.

Herman enjoys a position of seniority at The Mia Foundation, given that he’s been with the rescue for several years. Herman was rescued from a car dealership, where the poor bird had been sitting there – completely still – for a whole three days.

The founder of The Mia Foundation, Sue Rogers, explained to PEOPLE, “Our main goals is take in animals born with birth defects.”

Her non-profit was started back in 2012 with the sole goal of helping all different types of animals. Besides the typical cats and dogs, the rescue has even aided horses, goats, and turkeys, as well as a donkey.

Sue added, “But people bring us injured birds and squirrels sometimes.”

That is how Herman was introduced to the rescue. Sue received a call about Herman, who she willingly took in. Guided by someone with experience in wildlife rehab, Sue managed to get Herman back to his healthy self. Unfortunately, Herman never again took to the sky – his lack of flying abilities most likely caused by either the West Nile Virus or a brain injury.

Given his flightlessness, Herman now permanently lives at The Mia Foundation. Howver, Sue does often take him on adventures outside so he can enjoy the fresh air and sunshine. It was during one of these outdoor excursions that Herman and Lundy met.

Lundy was only 4-weeks-old when a breeder in South Carolina surrendered him to the Mia Foundation. Lundy had begun learning how to walk but then suddenly stopped. Looking like he was going to be special needs, and the breeder knew she didn’t have the capacity to care for him, so instead she called up Sue. Sue agreed to take in Lundy, who was picked up in South Carolina and brought back to New York with the help of a “flight nanny.”

According to PEOPLE, Sue described the moment that the beautiful friendship began, saying, “I set Herman on a dog bed and started caring for Lundy, and I decided to carefully put Lundy in the same dog bed next to him.”

At first, Sue kept a close eye on Lundy and Herman. After all, they were two animals who were strangers to one another, so she was not sure what to expect.

All fears quickly went away as the pigeon and Chihuahua soon grew close, and began to cuddle as though they were old friends.

“The way they interacted was so cute,” Sue said.

She added that after seeing Herman interacting with Lundy, he displayed a few maternal behaviors, and she’s now not quite sure what Herman’s true gender really is.

Sue snapped some pictures of the new best friends and posted them to Facebook. Needless to say, they went down very well with the public and garnered more than 9,000 shares and 7,000 likes.

Herman is officially a permanent resident with The Mia Foundation, however, Sue remains hopeful that perhaps one day Lundy will become healthy and strong enough to be re-homed to a forever home. Sue believes that the cause of Lundy’s mobility issues is linked to spinal cord damage. This would mean that he’d have to learn how to get around using a wheelchair.

“He is only 17 ounces, so we will have to wait on the chair,” she said.

Once Sue gets to the bottom of Lundy’s mobility problems then she’ll be set to come up with a long term solution as to how to care for him and perhaps get him adopted out.

A case like Lundy’s is quite normal for Sue, who has committed her life to helping such animals who’d otherwise be euthanized without someone to intervene on their behalf and offer them a chance at a normal life. Sue was inspired to take action and start her non-profit in memory of her beloved dog – the late Mia, who was born with a cleft palate.

As she explained how she brought Mia to the vet shortly after birth, she said, “I was told she should be put to sleep, and I had seconds to make that decision.”

Ultimately, she decided to help Mia as best she could. From there, she managed to have a wonderful and inspiring 22 months with her dog before Mia passed away. During this time, Sue began to look into care options available for pets born with a cleft palate or other birth defects. That is when she began to find that there were actually more options for these pets than what might have been previously believed.

To date, The Mia Foundation has assisted more than 1,000 animals. In addition, the foundation has also done vital work in distributing important information about pet birth defects to numerous owners, as well as vets. Ten of the animals rescued have become permanent residents at the non-profit, and they live full-time with Sue.

“We call them ‘The Forever 10,’ ” she stated.

The Forever 10 hold down a very important job since they travel around with Sue to different schools in order to educate kids about the meaning of being born different, the importance of kindness, and how bullying can negatively impact someone’s life.

For more information about the wonderful work that The Mia Foundation is doing, or tips on how you can get involved, please visit their website.

 

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PLEDG: Positivity, Leadership & Empathy in Dog Guardianship Standard Elementary

In addition to rescuing, rehabilitating, and rehoming some of Kern County’s most destitute dogs, Marley’s Mutts Dog Rescue offers a plethora of humane education and vocational skills programs for children, teens and adults. Today, we are thrilled to announce the rolling out of our new elementary school curriculum, which we call PLEDG: Positivity, Leadership & Empathy in Dog Guardianship. The 8-week course is currently running as a pilot program at Standard Elementary School, its participants a group of twelve 4th and 5th grade students hand-selected by the school’s principal and counselor.

PLEDG integrates California state Common Core (health education) standards and lessons in positive reinforcement dog training into hands-on exercises that create an innovative learning experience with academic, social-emotional, and practical applications. Upon completion of the PLEDG course, students will be able to:

1. Teach dogs basic obedience commands using positive reinforcement

2. Understand that nurturing our inner-leader brings out the best in our dogs and in ourselves

3. Interpret dogs’ body language, and accompanying energetic state, through an empathic lens

4. Describe a “week in the life” of a pet dog who is not only surviving, but thriving in his/her environment

5. Connect the personal responsibility of being a pet guardian, with efforts to curb the pet overpopulation crisis in Kern County PLEDG provides a framework for implementing PBIS classroom management initiatives. The ultimate goal of a PBIS classroom management plan is to foster intrinsic motivation in students, and create a school environment that is positive, safe, and achievement-oriented.

Here are just a few ways that PLEDG fulfills these requirements:
1. Using rewards-based dog training methods creates a culture of positivity in the classroom that benefits students, dogs, and educators. Its aim is also to build intrinsic motivation toward good behavior in both the students and dogs.
2. Using the dogs themselves (i.e. the handling of them) as a reward for students’ good behavior implores students to do and be their best.
3. Using the PBIS framework with students, and a rewards-based training framework with dogs, yields similar behavioral results in both populations, respectively. When students and dogs come together to work toward common goals, the “unified framework” is more effective still.

The PLEDG curriculum is changing the future for Kern County’s companion animals by instilling compassion, positive associations, and a sense of personal responsibility toward animal stewardship in Kern County’s youth. The course is also altering perceptions and offering perspective to students who might otherwise not be exposed to the value, even the life-changing influence, of the human-canine bond. KERN COUNTY Elementary School Educators: We hope you will consider bringing this experience to your students! Please visit contact Liz Kover for more information: liz.kover@marleysmutts.com.